California Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Survey
Decision-makers in California's (CA) coastal counties generally recognize that climate change will impact their communities and coastline. Yet, coastal CA communities are at different stages in developing and/or implementing climate change adaptation plans. In order to more precisely identify community needs, USC Sea Grant led an effort, in partnership with 18 CA organizations, to survey coastal professionals. The goal of the survey was to understand the needs and barriers coastal communities have in planning for climate change, develop appropriate trainings and technical assistance for communities, and determine the best way to link communities to resources and tools already available. The results of the survey are available for download below:
- Download the full statewide report here.
- Download the executive summary here.
- Download the regional results:
Current Coastal Management Challenges
- Current coastal management challenges are worsening.
- Top management challenges will be exacerbated by climate change.
- Current management challenges make adaptation planning and decision-making difficult.
- Attitudes and knowledge about climate change are strongly supportive of adaptation action.
- Attention to adaptation has increased markedly over the past five years.
- Adaptation planning and implementation is still in the very early stages.
- There is limited familiarity with innovative adaptation approaches.
- Organizational missions, job responsibilities, and legal requirements shape common information use.
- Ease of access to information is the overriding determinant of information use.
- Specific information needs differ by professional group.
- Critical opportunities exist to meet coastal professionals' information, technical assistance, and training needs
- USC Sea Grant
- California Sea Grant
- Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University
- California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego through the NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) Program
- Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
- University of California, Berkeley
- Coastal Services Center, NOAA
- San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
- Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
- CA Ocean Science Trust
- CA Ocean Protection Council
- CA Coastal Conservancy
- CA Coastal Commission
- Southern California Coastal Ocean Observation System
- San Fransico Bay Conservation and Commission District
- Gulf of the Farrollones National Marine Sanctuary
For more informationAlyssa Newton Mann
National Focus AreaHealthy Coastal Ecosystems
Sustainable Community Development
Hazard Resilient Coastal Communities
Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply